50 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Feb. 17 through 23, 1968, Examiner.
• A man who gave his occupation as a “female impersonator” is being held by police after an arrest at a local store. He is charged with appearing in public in clothing of the opposite sex. He was wearing a mini-skirt when arrested.
• The County Court announced that owners of land at the Leeds site have been officially notified of the impending acquisition of their land for the Sports Complex. Lindal Mark was hired by the court to work on all bond proposals.
• The Mike Onka Memorial Fund has reached $3,000. The fund will be used to help the Onka family and to build a public memorial for Onka.
• Feb. 19 is the 70th birthday of The Examiner, which began as a weekly under the name of the Jackson Examiner in 1898. The staff members were reminded of the birthday when a copy of the 40th anniversary edition was brought to the office by Mrs. Duane Blessing.
• One of the most wanton acts of vandalism ever perpetrated in this area was discovered at Lobb Cemetery, just south of Missouri 7 and the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. Nearly every stone in the cemetery was broken into pieces, some of them dated from the 1830s.
100 YEARS AGO
The following items were taken from the Feb. 17 through 23, 1918, Examiner.
• Beginning this week, for every pound of wheat flour purchased in Independence or any other point in Jackson County, the purchaser will be required to buy an equal amount of any of the following substitutions: Corn flour, corn meal, edible cornstarch, hominy, corn grits, barley flour, rolled oats, oatmeal rice, rice flour, potato flour, sweet potato flour, buckwheat flour, cotton seed flour, milo, kaffir feterita flour or meal, soy bean flour, peanut flour, cafada four, taro flour, banana flour and other products of similar nature.
• Unsatisfactory street car service is not a new thing. Forty years ago the patrons of the little horse railroad; the germ out of which grew the present great traction system of Kansas City, “kicked like bay steers,” and they had a right kick, too, if the facts were as stated in the following paragraph of the Time's in Kansas City Forty Year Ago”: “Others (of the company's patrons) complain of the intolerable delay on switches while the drivers stop to swap gossip. One driver explained his slowness by saying that he was delaying purposely so as to give the driver he relieved plenty of time in which to eat his supper.”
• To increase France's crops and to lighten the burden of toil on her old men, women and children, 1,500 farm tractors will go to that country from the United States. The first hundred are already on the way, and the whole number will be in France by March. Deck space was provided for the first shipment on a naval transport. Schools of instruction will be organized. The increased production through the use of tractors is expected to greatly improve the food situation.
• You without doubt are complaining of the high cost of living. Back in the days of the Revolution, Abigail Adams was doing the same. Here are some prices quoted from a 1776 letter she wrote her husband, the second president of the United States, given only recently by the state food administration. Meat, $1 to $2 a pound; corn, $25 a bushel; rye, $30 a bushel; potatoes, $10 a bushel; molasses, $12 a gallon; flour, $5 a hundredweight; cider, $40 a barrel; cheese, $2 a pound; butterine, $3 a pound; sugar, $3 a pound. In 1779, sugar rose to $4 a pound and tea the same. In 1780, butter sold for $12 a pound and tea for $40.
– Jillayne Ritchie